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Monday, 01 September 2014

Victory declared in farm buildings battle

THE Country Land and Business Association has scored a major lobbying victory following the Government's decision to allow changes of use for redundant agricultural buildings.

CLA regional director Dorothy Fairburn said the association had lobbied successive governments for nearly a decade for disused farm barns and other agricultural outbuildings to be eligible for redevelopment under permitted development rights.

She said: “This is a great victory. It means farmers and land owners can use their old agricultural buildings for new purposes without having to go through the difficult and costly full planning application process.

“This change will help underpin farming businesses and boost the North's rural economy by assisting in the creation of new jobs and businesses at a time when they are greatly needed.”

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